By Steven Meier
Accidents, the wear and tear of time, and even pre-existing conditions all play a role in the countless injuries that affect our upper extremities, including our hands, wrists, elbows, and shoulders. If you or a loved one has experienced an upper extremity injury, your physicial capabilities in everyday life and work can be severely limited by lack of function and pain. But hope and health are possible through the innovative orthopedic treatments offered by board-certified orthopedic surgeon Dr. Steven W. Meier and the team at Meier Orthopedic Sports Medicine.
If you suffer from the following conditions and even many more, answers and life-changing care are possible through our advanced treatments.
Each year, over six million people suffer a fractured, or broken, bone. Of those six million, about 300,000 people will need surgery to heal their bone fractures. If the surgery is not performed successfully and treatment fails, a fractured bone could become a crippling disability. With so much at stake, you don’t want an inexperienced surgeon performing your operation.
There are three things that can wear down cartilage: traumatic injury, overuse, and normal wear and tear with activity and age. There are a few different options for cartilage surgery depending on physician preference, type of injury, and rehabilition possibilities. These are autologous chondrocyte implantation (ACI), microfracture surgery, and osteochondral autograft transfer system (OATS procedure).
A dislocation occurs when one or more bones comprising a joint become dislodged and do not go back into position on their own. A dislocation is typically a serious injury that can be damage the surrounding structures of the dislocated joint. Some shoulder joint dislocations will require surgery to repair damaged tissue in the shoulder as well as to restore stability to the joint.
Osteoarthritis (OA), also known as age-related arthritis, is a condition in which joint cartilage becomes inflamed, and wears down over time. Osteoarthritis, which takes the form of arthritis in the joints, is the most common joint disorder, and several different forms of arthritis exist. Treatment is oriented toward alleviating pain and stiffness to improve a patient’s quality of life.
Rotator Cuff Injury
As is most often the case, a torn rotator cuff involves the tendons. The tendons of the rotator cuff can be torn either partially or completely. Signs of a torn rotator cuff include: The most common treatments for torn rotator cuffs include injections of corticosteroids, rest and physical therapy, rotator cuff surgery, and shoulder replacement surgery
Shoulder separations typically occur due to the application of downward force onto the top of the acromion of the shoulder blade. This can be caused by something striking the top of the acromion or falling directly on it. Most treatments involve physical therapy, which is designed to strengthen the muscles and aid in joint stabilization.
A humerus (upper arm bone) that has a tendency to come out of its normal position in the shoulder joint due to a deficiency in stabilizing forces is known as shoulder instability. Before surgery is considered, conservative, nonsurgical treatments may be attempted. These options include: activity modification, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication, and physical therapy.
Arthroscopic procedures are commonly used to treat shoulder injuries (such as rotator cuff tears) and conditions because they are less invasive, require less heal time, cause less blood loss, and are generally less painful than open surgical techniques. Arthroscopic shoulder surgery can be used to treat torn cartilage, perform ligament or tendon reconstruction, and trim damaged tissue causing pain.
The orthopedic medicine team at Meier Orthopedic Sports Medicine is dedicated to providing effective and advanced treatments for a wide variety of conditions that affect the upper extremities. Through the use of regenerative medicine and minimally invasive orthopedic surgery, patients can find effective and long-lasting care that eliminates serious conditions and their debilitating symptoms.
Find Treatment From An Expert Orthopedic Specialist Today
If you or a loved one is suffering from an injury or condition affecting the upper extremities, do not hesitate to get in touch with Dr. Steven Meier and the experienced orthopedic team at Meier Orthopedic Sports Medicine. An in-depth evaluation and effective treatment provided as soon as possible can prevent life-altering complications and can return you to a healthy everyday life. Call us today at 310.777.7845 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a consultation.